Report: Celtic to secure another Irish talent within 24 hours; fee details

By Euan Davidson

January 5, 2022

Sligo Rovers and Celtic have agreed an initial fee for striker Johnny Kenny, with add-ons being discussed, according to a report.

The Irish Independent report that Kenny will formally move to Celtic within 24 hours, having snubbed an approach from Hibernian. The Hibees showed Kenny around Easter Road, but seemingly to no avail.

Sligo Rovers, according to the report, have acted to ensure that a base fee of €150,000 will be boosted by add-ons.

That could include, the report states, a sell-on clause of between 10 and 15%. With Irish clubs selling talent to Scotland and England for minimal fees, Sligo want to avoid the mistakes of their league rivals.

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Kenny scored 11 goals in Sligo Rovers’ 2021 campaign. At just 18, the hotly-tipped Irish talent has been garnering interest. Celtic, it’s clear, have been keen on the striker for months.

Kenny came pretty much out of nowhere to become Sligo’s top striker. He scored in Europa Conference League qualifying, and was joint 5th top-scorer in the League of Ireland [World Football]. He’d be the second Irish player to arrive at Celtic this season, after Shamrock Rovers sold us Liam Scales.

Seemingly, Celtic chiefs want to get the move done sooner rather than later.

67 Hail Hail spoke to Irish journalist Andrew Dempsey, who said of Kenny: “It’s a bit of a no-brainer just looking at him, seeing what he can do and what he’s probably going to do in the future.

“It seems an absolute bargain.”

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Celtic have acted quickly this transfer window, and latest report suggests that’s continuing with Irish talent Johnny Kenny

The Hoops didn’t even wait until New Year’s Day to get deals done. Long-touted talents like Maeda, Hatate and Ideguchi were sorted quickly. Celtic have opened talks over Jota and Carter-Vickers. Now, it seems, another talent that’s been linked for a while is on his way.

That’s extremely encouraging. And it points at two potential outcomes; that Celtic would have time to assess where Kenny could be loaned at a decent standard, or that the striker is in Ange’s immediate thoughts.

With Kyogo, Giakoumakis and Ajeti injured simultaneously for much of December, Celtic were left without striking options. Perhaps that’s a situation Ange Postecoglou wants to avoid at all costs. Kenny, then, could be the answer.

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It could also suggest that the Hoops are freshening up their attacking pecking order. Griffiths, away on loan, is hardly impressing. You’d have to assume if a decent bid came in for Ajeti, Celtic would consider it.

Either way, this is enterprising stuff from the Hoops. Could we see Johnny Kenny in a Celtic shirt tomorrow?

According to the Irish Independent at least, we very well could.

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